Shaina McCoy American, b. 1993

Overview

Working with richly hued oil paints, McCoy creates selectively colored canvases that depict imagery drawn from photographs of family members and intimate moments. Finding a formal balance between artists such as Kara Walker and David Hockney, McCoy builds faceless figures from thick, tactile layers of glossy paint; resulting in vivid and vibrant anonymous portraits, loaded with sentiment and mystery. McCoy’s work captures the ambiguous and familiar essence of memory, radiating with both history and wonder.

 

Works
Girls, 2019
Exhibitions
Biography

Shaina McCoy (b. 1993, Minneapolis, MN) is an artist living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. McCoy graduated from Minneapolis Community and Technical College with an AA in Fine Art in 2017. Working with richly hued oil paints, McCoy creates selectively-colored canvases that depict imagery drawn from photographs of family members and other intimates. Finding a formal balance between artists such as Kara Walker and David Hockney, McCoy builds faceless figures from thick, tactile layers of glossy paint; the resulting images are vivid and vibrant anonymous portraits, loaded with sentiment and mystery. McCoy’s work captures the ambiguous and familiar essence of memory, radiating both history and wonder.

McCoy graduated from Minneapolis Community and Technical College with an AA in Fine Art in 2017, having previously attended the famed Perpich Art Academy in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Selected exhibitions include a forthcoming solo exhibition at Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA (2019); Gold Standard: Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition​, Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA (2019); ​Astral Art Theories​, Radisson RED, Minneapolis, MN (2018); ​33 Works By 3 Artists​, Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA (2018); ​Now More Than Always (Gimme Gimme the Money Please Please I Want the Money Please)​, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO (2017); ​OverNorth Part 2​, Venture North, Minneapolis, MN (2015); and ​Rapper’s Delight​, City Wide Artists Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2015).

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